Award at Virginia Regional

I’m not sure how I forgot to mention this when I wrote about our win at the Virginia Regional, but I did.

On Saturday Raider Robotix was awarded the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox.

If you check the Award Documentation on the FIRST site, you’ll find that the celebrates “creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play.”

Judges noted our tires’ diamond shape cut, and how fast our lift system is.

Win at Virginia Regional

Wow! We’re feeling pretty darned good after winning the 2011 Virginia Regionals this afternoon with our alliance partners 1676 and 1522. Yesterday’s qualification matches went very well but today’s play was quite challenging, even tense at times.

Funny thing. We didn’t perform all that well in the New Jersey Regional. We learned from that and figured we’d play in Virginia, have a good time, and that would be that. But after today we really want to attend – and win – the Championships in St. Louis!

There’s just one problem: money. We’ve got to find a whole lot of it in a very short time to turn the St. Louis dream into reality. (Hint: If you see us fundraising, well, we sure hope you’ll help!)

There are lots of pictures and video from the past few days to share and we’ll be doing that just as soon as we have something better than hotel bandwidth.

But right now it’s time for some sleep.

Thanks to our sponsors, coaches, mentors and parents for their untiring support and help.

Virginia Regional 2011 Championship Team 25

Photo by Will Weaver - see his photostream on Flickr

Weiss Honored: Teachers Who Make a Difference

Our own Roger Weiss was honored through a grant program offered by Gloria Zastko of Zastko Realty.

Read the full article in the Sentinel:

N.B. BOE recognizes talented students, staff members

Roger was also congratulated for this accomplishment in the April 2011 Raider Review, the newsletter of NBTHS – front page, no less. [webmaster’s note: Old issues of the Raider Review have been removed from the NBTHS website. 20161006.]

Wine Tasting Party Fundraiser

All are cordially invited to attend a Wine Tasting Party Fundraiser hosted by Raider Robotix RPM, our awesome parent support group.

The fun takes place on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Cream Ridge Winery.

Festivities will include a fine selection of wine, cheese & crackers, plus a tour of the winery.

Tickets are sold in advance and cost only $25. The number of tickets is limited – you need to act no later than May 1.

We have a flyer with all the information you need to set yourself up for a great evening!

RPM, or Raider Parent Mentors, is the parent booster club for Raider Robotix, of North Brunswick Township High School. All funds raised by this and other team events goes straight to the team to help defray the not insignificant cost of the season’s competitions.

We thank you for your support! Moves to New Hosting Company

At 11:00 EDT March 27, 2011 we threw the switch, updating DNS to point our domain to a new hosting company. It’s the first such move we’ve made in our history.

By 3:30 EDT the change seems to have propagated to most of the larger DNS providers. If you’re reading this then you’re seeing us on the new server.

Please report any problems that appear to be related to the move.

Now we can get back to work.